Gabe Newell: DirectX 10 for Vista was a mistake

According to an online survey by Valve Software, only one in fifty players who access download service Steam has a DirectX 10-compatible graphics card and Windows Vista installed. In an interview with heise online, Gabe Newell, president of Valve Software, said that Microsoft made a terrible mistake releasing DirectX 10 for Vista only and excluding Windows XP. He said this decision affected the whole industry as so far only a very small percentage of players can use DirectX 10.

When developing cross-platform games which are also released for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, developers look for the smallest common denominator. And since neither Microsoft's nor Sony's new consoles support Shader Model 4.0 for DirectX 10, only a few games use it.

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thereapersson4165d ago

Microsoft seriously dropped the ball with Vista.

Although, it's really obvious they are continuing the trend of alienating past versions of whatever they produce to try to stay in the forefront of consumers' wallets.

XxZxX4165d ago

DX 10 on windows XP will be great, Vista is slow for some reason.

gEnKiE4164d ago

Only 50 people?!?! Thats crazy. I knew M$ was always stupid, but really. What were they thinking?

snittolo4164d ago

Gabe Newell: Vista was a mistake

Gondee4164d ago

its the future, and it has to start some where

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